RON LAWRENCE - Program Director
Granite Peak Ski Team Academy is a winter sports academy for aspiring ski racers. The Granite Peak Ski Team (GPST) has been operating since 1987 and boasts multiple US Ski & Snowboard Junior Championship Team members and Wisconsin State High School individual champions, along with several collegiate athletes. Our academic program will feature a student-centered, personalized learning environment where each student is tutored by Coach Ron Lawrence (Wisconsin State Certified Teacher). The winter term tutorial program allows all academy skiers the opportunity to pursue their athletic dreams in the winter, while maintaining their school and home life in the fall and spring.
WHY A WINTER ACADEMY?
The Granite Peak Ski Team has built a remarkable system where our dedicated student athletes can train over 100 days on snow with US Skiing Certified coaching staff, while also maintaining a rigorous academic experience. Students can begin as soon as December 1st, for early season training to prepare for an exciting competition season. With six days of on-snow training, our student athletes have an unlimited opportunity to pursue their athletic dreams.
Each morning, when they are not on the hill, our student athletes will benefit from one-on-one tutorial program that delivers their curriculum in a setting based on where they have set their educational goals. Coach Ron will work with them in their subject areas, and we will keep our students on par with their “home” school program. It will be a personalized academic experience.
A COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE IN LIFE
The Granite Peak Ski Team motto is: “…Building Champions for life, through ski racing!” Colleges and Universities seek strong goal-oriented students who passionately pursue their personal best. These are the qualities that the Granite Peak Ski Team Academy will foster in our student athletes, while developing individuals with a strong work ethic, self-disciplined, resilient, and independent. The Granite Peak Ski Team Academy will be transformational in how we will put the needs of the student/athlete in alpine ski racing above the needs of being a “great” racer. We will focus on developing the person AND the athlete. We will demand that our coaches are trained and certified in alpine ski racing fundamentals, but also held to a standard of excellence. Our coaching staff will be trusted not only for Alpine Ski Racing specific, but their dependability and connection with the athletes. Each Academy athlete will be evaluated and trained in motivation, communication, and being a positive role model.
GRANITE PEAK SKI TEAM RACE TRAINING VENUE
The Granite Peak Ski Team Academy athletes will take advantage of one of the “TOP” on-snow training venues in the Mid-West. The Exhibition Race Venue is second-to-none as far as terrain, safety and availability to our athletes. The surface is specially maintained for our athletes in mind, and we are able to train all the SPEED elements, long with Slalom and Giant Slalom. It is one of the only Race Training Venues in the U.S. that we are allowed to train Super-G throughout the season with Rollers, Jumps, and Turtle Shells to work on their balance and speed within a controlled environment. The availability to this venue is seven (7) days a week with training available all day long into most evenings.
GRANITE PEAK SKI TEAM ACADEMY SCHOOLING OPTIONS
HOW IT WORKS
The Granite Peak Ski Team Academy has been developed to help athletes living in CENTRAL to remain in Central and get the supplemental training and support needed to complete at a National Level without leaving their “home” Region. This is meant to be an affordable option to moving out West or East. Granite Peak Ski Team Academy can provide training in SG, GS & SL. Each athlete has an Individualize Educational Plan (IEP), along with an Individualized Athletic Plan (IAP). Parents are informed weekly on the Student Athlete’s progress, both academically and athletically.
Each athlete will remain with their “HOME” club affiliation, while receiving the additional training that they are seeking beyond their training at their home resort.
Housing is the responsibility of the parents of the athlete, while there is limited housing available through parents of ski racers in the Wausau area, it is best for interested Parents & Athletes to reach out to Coach Ron for possible options (906-282-6001).
WHAT DOES IT COST?